He came to save the world so let us be in it, not of it. ~Avalon
This has always been one of my favorite Avalon songs. I was reminded of it again as I watched Lisa Chan’s latest True Beauty film, Not of This World.
The True Beauty films have been so inspirational to me. Great messages, beautifully put together, real stories of real women growing through life’s challenges. Not of This World is the last installment in the True Beauty series and it follows well in the footsteps of its predecessors.
Lisa leads us through a reflection on our place in this world using Scripture, her own personal experiences, and the story of a woman discovering the unimportance of stuff and the heart of choosing Jesus over the world.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:19-21
Early on in the film, Lisa talks about the things of this world easily capturing our hearts and distracting us from our relationship with God. This really hit home for me. I have always considered God to be my treasure, but I AM so easily distracted from my time with Him and really following Him – social media, TV, and so on.
“Lift your eyes to Jesus. Everything in this world pales in comparison to Him and eternal life with Him.” ~Lisa Chan
Between this inspiring film and The Love Dare for Parents this week, I think God was sending me a message for myself AND to share with the boys. Lisa shared, “We will feel in opposition to the world and that is OK!’ Just earlier that same day I had read the following statement in The Love Dare:
“We must never forget that by encouraging our children to walk with God, we are asking them to intentionally travel against the cultural tide.”
When I choose to treasure things of this world over Jesus, I’m not the only one affected. My children are watching everything I do, and they must know where my heart finds joy.
The Love Dare for that day talked about rejoicing in the truth when our children make choices that are in line with Scripture. I love this reminder about how powerful our witness and our words are to our kiddos…
Rejoicing with them in the things of God is far more important and life-changing than rejoicing over worldly accomplishments. I am so thankful for the perspective shift that came from this and the Not of This World film this week!
If you’re looking for an inspirational DVD to share with a women’s group, Bible study, or group of friends, I highly recommend the True Beauty films. Each one has spoken powerfully to me and I know you will find great encouragement in them as well!
What things of this world distract you from your relationship with Jesus? How do you show your kids to be “not of this world?”
I received this DVD in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.